Manchester United are ready to challenge cross-town rivals Manchester City for Robin van Persie’s signature this summer according to The Daily Mail.
The Netherlands international revealed yesterday that he will not be extending his contract with the north London club, and has less than a year left to run on his current deal.
Arsene Wenger now faces a tough decision whether to keep his captain and lose him for free next summer, or cash in and demand up to £20 million for his talisman.
It is believed that the Manchester clubs are ready to start a bidding war for Van Persie’s services, with a raft of other European clubs also monitoring the situation.
City’s interest in the Dutch forward has been well-documented and the Premier League champions are believed to be ready to offer the PFA Player of the Year a whopping £225,000 per week to join the club.
Meanwhile, United are eager to wrangle their top-flight title away from Roberto Mancini’s men and will look to Van Persie’s firepower as a key way to beat their bitter enemies to success next term.
Arsenal have released a statement to say that they expect their captain to play to his best ability next season, but can expect a number of transfer bids to test their resolve this summer.
By Gareth McKnight